I had the pleasure of filming the 2011 Stonewall Street Festival and Parade held in Wilton Manors, Florida on Sunday June 19th, 2011. At first I was concerned I’d have to cancel my plans because dark skies and threatening thunder in the afternoon made it look like the event might be rained out, but luckily the storms stayed away. An occassional light drizzle and overcast skies actually made the event rather pleasant to attend and film, especially after the scorching hot weather I experienced filming the Miami Beach Pride Parade a few months earlier.
After considering several songs to edit the video to I settled on the Josh Harris Pride Extended Remix of “Proud” performed by Heather Small. This is my favorite version of the classic gay anthem and I thought it would work well for the Stonewall event. But at seven minutes long I wondered if I’d be able to film enough footage to fill up the song. As it turned out I actually filmed more than enough footage. Between the festival entertainment and vendors, plus the lengthy parade, there was plenty of video for me to work with.
This video contains more than 300 edits and took three days to complete. It covers almost all of the event, from the circus performers in front of the Texaco station to the Stonewall temporary museum to the dunking tank at Sidelines… and just about everything in between. One of my favorite parts of the video is the slow-motion shot of the muscle hunk waving the pride flag following the montage of the long-time gay couples. And the shots of the incredibly long pride flag carried by members of the community is also very moving. I still get goose-bumps watching these scenes.
I was struck at the diversity of people attending this event. Just about every age range and ethnicity was there, including what appeared to be a large number of straight couples enjoying the festivities. The overall mood was happy and exciting. I’ve attended several other gay pride events and this ranks up there as one of the better ones.